ANNOUNCEMENT of 2023 Graceful Giving Recipients

We are SO pleased to announce the selection of eight seasoned and aspiring non-profit managers for this year’s Graceful Giving leadership training series based on Patrick Lencioni’s book, “The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®.”

For nearly 10 years, they have committed to giving back by holding an annual celebration called Graceful Giving. It culminates in the award of free professional development to benefit non-profit leaders who serve our communities every day. In the past, only six individuals were chosen to receive training. However, for 2023, the candidate pool was so compelling that eight have been invited.

Breanna Roland, Banner Health

Dr. Rebekkah McLellan, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Park View Community Mission

Betty Lucas, Advocate Safehouse Project

Ashley Okola, Monadnock Humane Society

Julie LaFountaine, Pine Forest Children's Center

Kaitlyn Vicars, Hospice Austin

Laura Geddes, Aspen Hope Center

Liz Gamache, United Way of Northwest Vermont

Our professional development time together will leverage The Five Behaviors® proven framework to help each participant adopt powerful principles and shape new behaviors, empowering them to rewrite what it means to work as team.

At PeopleSense, we believe in a couple guiding principles: fostering healthy relationships and giving back.

They’re baked into the work we do all year long, but October gives us a chance to highlight these important priorities. What started years ago as a fun and quirky birthday celebration for my adopted dog, Grace, continues to grow and evolve into a significant offering to non-profit organizations.

The original intent was to acknowledge what an inspiration Grace had been to me, not just personally but professionally.Understanding how we interact with another, especially in challenging times (whether co-worker, family member, or pet), we can improve those relationships. It starts with self-awareness, then building skills to adjust in ways that respect both parties.

A natural extension was to involve the non-profit community, recognizing the work (and people) who do so much to enrich the lives of all of us. Grace and I benefited from several non-profit organizations that not only pulled her off the streets of Puerto Rico but also provided training resources that made an enormous difference in our relationship.

Graceful Giving was launched nearly 10 years ago and even though Grace has passed, her lessons remain strong.


Free Training Program for Non-Profit Managers!

Where did you learn to be part of a team? School? Sports? Your first job? We’re generally told, “Play nice and everything will work out.” But what if it doesn’t?

What if people can’t agree which direction to take, so they go nowhere? What if everyone is just looking out for themselves? What if there have been so many miscommunications that trust no longer exists. Turns out, there’s more to good teamwork than just playing nice.

Based on Patrick Lencioni’s New York Times Best-Selling Book,The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® is a program designed to help us get back to those teams that were fun and fulfilling and that we couldn’t wait to be a part of.

Increasingly, professionals are being asked to become more agile, crossing over projects and teams. The Personal Development program is so impactful that it will help you become more collaborative and effective, no matter what team you’re engaging with.

The best part? This kind of change makes a ripple. The Five Behaviors® Personal Development is ideal to scale to a large team or even an entire organization.


“Often as a manager, we don't always have time to focus on our management style, I would appreciate learning how to be more effective.”

-2022 Graceful Giving Participant, Erin Buck, Fitness and Personal Training Director

Description of Graceful Giving 2023 - Five Behaviors Personal Development

The Five Behaviors® Personal Development solution teaches individuals to become better teammates. The goal is to completely redefine teamwork and collaboration.

Personal Development was designed specifically to work for individuals who can then carry the takeaways of this program from one team to the next, enabling a culture of teamwork.

Learners at all levels of an organization can benefit from this program and adopt its powerful principles, shape behaviors, and create a common language that empowers people to rewrite what it means to work together.

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Participant Take-Aways

This list outlines the potential benefits of this program.

  • Delve into your Personal Development profile and gain a clearer understanding of your current teaming skills sets.
  • Develop stronger self-awareness, especially about how you experience and approach conflict within a team.
  • Learn actionable strategies for building vulnerability-based trust, the foundation of all cohesive teams.
  • Become more transparent in your communication and help build a culture where people are able to discuss mistakes and move forward effectively together.
  • Develop effective communication habits to ask for what you need from others in your organization.

“Excellent facilitation! You do a great job of reflecting back what you are hearing and adding helpful insights. The lessons were really good and you provided a safe place for everyone.”

-2021 Graceful Giving Participant, MUW